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International Conference EUROVISIONS is back

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 7, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As promised a couple of months ago, the International Conference - EUROVISIONS Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, will take place in Lisbon in the next 3 days. The conference will take place at the OGAE EURO CAFE - Club MoMe placed at Av. 24 de Julho, 68;(Santos).

Those interested only need to go there since the admission is free. 

On the first day, a ROUNDTABLE will take place about Gender (de)constructions in Song Contests; KEYNOTE SPEAKER and PILAR GUILLÉN MARCO will be talking about their researchers.

Tomorrow, It's the day for the YOUNG ACADEMICS - SCIENCE SLAM; with Dr. Eurovision, Irving Wolther (Germany). 

On May 9th, the debate will be about Professionals’ Expertise and after, conferences by KEYNOTE SPEAKER and DEAN VULETIC.

To know more about the event, visit:

The many faces of OT

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 4, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It is a difficult task to list all the talent shows of singers that have been broadcast on television throughout the world. It is still no less difficult to list all the artists who have participated in Eurovision and who became popular from a talent show. But it is very easy to say what has been the most successful program on the Iberian Peninsula, at least, the one that has contributed the most artists to Eurovision. O.T: Operación Triunfo in Spain and Operação Triunfo in Portugal!

Even not all the contestants got the Eurovision passport through O.T. it was partly because of it that they became popular.

Portugal and Spain

In Portugal, the show was never that popular, but it will be the 5th time that a participant of O.T. will took part in Eurovision. First was Sofia Vitoria, the winner of OT2. She became 15th in the semifinal, in 2004. One year later, Rui Drummond (6th at OT1) joined Luciana Abreu and got 17th in the semifinal. From OT3, Vânia Fernandes was 2nd in the semifinal and 13th in the final of 2008 but the 12th place of the same edition, Filipa Sousa, placed 13th in the semifinal of 2012. It is not a case of big succes!

Spain where the show couldn’t be that popular, the program was used to choose directly their representative for 4 times. First with Rosa Lopez. A national phenomenon and the first production of the show. Rosa placed 7th singing the popular “Europe’s living a celebration”. Beth went to Riga one year later and became 8th, even she was not the winner of O.T. The same happened with the runner-up Ramón that placed 10th, in 2004.

But the 4th edition of O.T. (when the format didn’t belong to TVE) also gave two former ESC artists: Soraya and Edurne. Soraya was the runner up and Edurne 6th, but at Eurovision they didn’t get good results.

O.T. across Europe

The original Spanish format had a lot of versions around the World. For example, in Russia, Fabrika Zvyozd, gave to Eurovision the winner of the second season Polina Gagarina, the 3rd place Elena Temnikova (former Serebro) and the 4th place Yulia Savicheva; from the 6th season, the winner Dmitriy Koldun and from the 7th, the also winner of the show Anastasiya Prikhodko. The 8th season included Natalia Podolskaya.

In Greece, Kalomoira was the winner of the 2nd edition; From Operacija Trijumf ( the edition of the region of former Yugoslavia) a young Vukašin Brajić got the 2nd place, the same edition in where Igor Cukrov also took part placing 7th.

This year

This time, Isaura (with Claudia Pascoal) will go on stage as the last son of O.T. Portugal. She placed 8thin it’s last edition. Claudia became popular through the world known talent show The Voice in the Portuguese edition.

From Spain, Amaia (winner of this year’s edition) and Alfred (4th) are the big hopes! Since the Russian former O.T. Polina Gagarina achieved the best classification ever (2nd), will the Spanish duo “Almaia” or Isaura win?

In Spain, the original format will comeback next september or october. If it will be used for selecting the next Eurovision star stills a doubt!

Who are the portuguese singers?

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

They are the musical hosts of this year's edition and were chosen to represent the host country through the legendary Festival da Canção.

This is, of course, the first time that Portugal skipped the semifinals. Let us introduce Claúdia Pascoal and Isaura!

1. In 2010, Cláudia participated in talent show Ídolos, and in 2013 she participated in the first season of talent show Factor X.

2. On TV , in 2014, Cláudia auditioned to present talk show Curto Circuito on SIC Radical, and ended up in third place.

3. In 2017, she participated on the fifth season of talent show The Voice Portugal and was eliminated just before the final.

4. In 2013 she did a support video singing the hymn of the election campaign for his cousin who was the candidate for the mayor of the town.

5. Isaura the composer invited her to perform the song because she had the perfect voice for it.

6. Pascoal is also one of the most famous trademarks and companies of Cod Fish (the national plate), without realation to it, Cláudia has a tatoo on his arm representing a Cod Fish.

7. Isaura is the composer of the song and placed 8th in the last edition of Operação Triunfo in 2010.

8. In 2015, Isaura released her first EP "Serendipity".

9. "O Jardim" it's her first song in portuguese, a tribute to her grandmother. It reached the portuguese iTunes chart days before winning the national final.

10. Her fisr album Human will be released soon.

What is the press saying? Mikolas Josep in the hospital

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 30, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

All the newspapers in Portugal, from DN to Público or Observador are writing that Mikolas Josep was badly injured in the back this Sunday, having been sent to the hospital.

All the newspapers show a picture of the artist in the Hospital and as he revealed in Instagram:

"I will perform no matter what"! All the best Mikolas!

The first day of Lisbon

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 29, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We had already said in previous articles that the city is ready! But not only the city, we had an opportunity to spend the day watching the rehearsals and we could see that everything is operational at this year's Eurovision event!

Perhaps because the next door building  (FIL - Lisbon international fair) was already reserved when Portugal won, it was necessary to install tents around the Portugal Pavilion, where the Press Center is located. These are the main spots we visited:

Press Center - It worked well and it´s operational, but it looks like it might be a bit small! No problem! The organization had already anticipated this and the doors will be opened to another room that will double it's size. Press room for everyone with wireless.

There is a room prior to the press center where the piegon holes are available. Here are available cafes and water and a Visit Portugal stand.

Fan zone - A Go natural brand food can be found there with healthy food! There are seats on couches to watch the events through two screens. There's also a fan desk! The place is nice and comfortable.

Press conferences - The press conference area is quite large with more seats available than you might imagine at first glance since the chairs are snapped together. Although it looks small but is quite long. The presenters (Pedro Penim and Pedro Granger) are well-known fans of Eurovision and while actors are dynamic, good speakers and quite funny.

All the staff are very knowledgeable of the English language, it is obvious that everyone is well trained and the sympathy is immense: from the volunteers to the security agents. Everything is well prepared to welcome and make the fans and the press feel welcome. Just as Portugal knows how to do so well!